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Lamborghini Gallardo

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In a world full of all kinds of super cars, including electric and hybrid ones, Lamborghini still reigns supreme. Big, naturally-aspirated V12 monsters really are a thing to behold, but if you want drivability and an experience unlike any other, you go for the “midrange”. It all started with the Gallardo over a decade ago. The car which singlehandedly saved Lamborghini from bankruptcy got a worthy replacement in 2014. Dubbed the Huracan, it took the automotive world overnight. The Ferrari 458, one of the greatest super cars of that time, suddenly felt slow and lacking in character compared to the Huracan. The Huracan represents everything Lamborghini stands for. It’s fast, flamboyant, aggressive, but incredibly rewarding to drive.

In 2015 Lamborghini unveiled the Spyder (convertible) version, once again setting the benchmark for all open-top super cars to follow. In addition to not losing out on power and weight compared to its coupe sibling, the Huracan Spyder was notorious for being as rigid as its closed-top counterpart. In taking the fixed roof off, Lamborghini didn’t sacrifice any structural rigidity from the chassis. In terms of driving dynamics, you can’t tell the normal Huracan and the Spyder apart.

Except for the volume of the exhaust of course. With no roof to mute that sonorous scream from the 5.2-liter V10 right behind you, you get a lesson in what every car should sound like each time you press the accelerator. The engine likes to scream all the way to redline, making 610 horsepower and enough torque to embarrass most diesel pickup trucks. The end result is a sprint to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph. Yes, we now live in a world where you can crack 200 mph in a convertible car. What a time to be alive.

The Huracan Spyder uses a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, so it really is no harder to drive than a regular, everyday car. It’s easy to maneuver around town and with good visibility (for a car of its caliber) you can genuinely park it anywhere. However, if you’re in the mood for some fun, it’s more than willing to play. The steering wheel becomes alive with feedback, telling you exactly what the car is doing and giving you the capability to place it exactly where you want to on the road. It’s nimble and agile, with a sharp turn-in and a neutral mid-corner balance.

You wait for corner exits so you can bury your right foot deep into the loud pedal and enjoy the thrust of that V10. It is, for lack of a better description, a one of a kind experience, even if you’ve driven other super cars before. One has to drive the Huracan Spyder to understand what it’s all about. Ride Like a Star offers you exactly that, for a fraction of the price it would cost to own and run a Huracan yourself. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

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